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Black humour in crisis

The most recent chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun in northern Syria acts as a reminder of what the Syrian people have been enduring in these years of war. How can one cope with all of that? If you watched the … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: N – Not Harming

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. *** If you have been reading Aid to Zen this far, you will know it’s a mix of serious … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: I – Isolation

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. *** Isolation is one of the words that comes to mind when I think about being an aid worker. It’s … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: G – Good Intentions

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni.  *** “The power to help is just about as dangerous as hard power” – Binyavanga Wainaina Those who are fairly new … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: D – Dignity

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. *** We may not think of dignity as an issue of mental health, but it has a lot … Continue reading

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‘Small things’ in humanitarian work

Anaïs Rességuier, researcher in humanitarian ethics at SciencesPo Paris, reflects on the importance of small acts of kindness and humanity in humanitarian work Is small beautiful? Or is small… just small, as a speaker wondered at the recent Humanitarian Innovation … Continue reading

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4 ways toxic workplaces are harming the social good sector

Guest post by Jennifer Lentfer   “How toxic is your work environment?” Between the quiz in the New York Times recently or the many(!) articles found on the subject in Fast Company, Forbes, Monster or LifeHacker, you’d think there’s an epidemic … Continue reading

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Mindfulness and Self-Care in Humanitarian Action

This post was originally published  as Protecting the Humanitarian Individual: Mindfulness and Self-Care in Humanitarian Action on The Individualisation of War blog, a project by the European University Institute  *** I arrived in Nablus in 2008, amid the human and emotional devastation … Continue reading

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The beggar, the thief and the precious gem

How changing the world starts from within  ‘Once upon a time a thief running away from guards noted a beggar sleeping in a dark alley. He secretly put the small but priceless piece of jewellery he had just stolen into … Continue reading

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